Monthly Archives: November 2012

58 jobs under threat in shake-up at the Castle

Fifty eight St Helena Government finance staff have been told their jobs are “under review” in a reorganisation. A spokesman said the number of jobs to be lost would not be known until early 2013, but it was expected some staff … Continue reading

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Revealed: blunders that caused Tristan da Cunha wreck disaster

Last year’s shipwreck disaster on Tristan da Cunha was caused by a drowsy officer who thought Nightingale Island was a rain cloud, an investigation has revealed. The chief mate of the MS Oliva failed to change course when Tristan’s sister island showed up … Continue reading

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St Helena’s press law a step too far for Britain?

British politicians are divided over whether to bring in tough press controls similar to those on St Helena. The prime minister, David Cameron, said enforcing standards by law could end three centuries of press freedom. But the leaders of the other … Continue reading

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Island’s media watchdog is left short of members

Efforts are being made to find more people to serve on St Helena’s media standards commission, only weeks after it was set up. Julian Cairns-Wicks reported in the St Helena Independent that it had been established with the minimum number … Continue reading

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Governor’s Cup: 19 yachts line up to surf to St Helena

The 19 crews confirmed for December’s yacht race to St Helena will need courage and skill, according to island governor Mark Capes. He has spoken of growing excitement on the island about the eighth Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from South Africa. In … Continue reading

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Airport jobs are not a licence for banned drivers, say police

Banned drivers and learners employed on St Helena’s airport project have been warned they must not drive in public places while at work. People without a valid licence can drive on construction sites with consent from airport contractor Basil Read … Continue reading

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Sandy Bay: man arrested for domestic assault

Police have reported a domestic violence incident that took place only days before a weekend of events to highlight the issue on St Helena. It happened on Monday 19 November 2012 in the Sandy Bay area. Detective Sergeant Clarence Roberts said: “One … Continue reading

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Tristanians build an old-style cottage – with a flax roof

Pensioners on Tristan da Cunha have completed a project to build a stone cottage in the style that was used in the earliest days of the island’s settlement. Earlier this month, 40 men gathered to give the cottage a roof of … Continue reading

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Saints say No to violence at home

Growing numbers of people on St Helena are seeking help after being attacked in their homes. And on the last weekend of November 2012, men and women on the island were asked to wear white ribbons to show their opposition to … Continue reading

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Domestic violence on St Helena: six arrests in three months

St Helena Police dealt with seven incidents of domestic violence in the space of three months between August and November 2012. One of the people arrested was a woman. The cases have all been detailed in the island’s weekly crime bulletin.  … Continue reading

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